Making one-pot dishes are great for weeknight meals. This one cooks up quickly and is very flavorful. Because the kielbasa is already cooked and needs to be heated through, it will take only ½ hour. Follow along and make your dairy-free kielbasa cabbage carrot dinner recipe.
Why was I inspired to make this Kielbasa Cabbage Carrots recipe?
Kielbasa is a polish sausage, and it is wonderful for making weeknight family dinners.
This recipe was inspired by my other FRIED CABBAGE ASPARAGUS AND BACON RECIPE (which was very popular), but I wanted to add some other meat to make this dish a dinner meal.
What ingredients are in Kielbasa Cabbage Carrots Recipe?
It's all about the ingredients! Below are ingredients that are super yummy and work well together.
- Bacon 3 pieces
- 1 lb kielbasa
- ½ onion
- Cabbage green shredded
- Four carrots shredded
- 2 tablespoon of Dijon
- ½ - ¾ c water
See the recipe card for quantities. Below is an image of the ingredients I used.
How to make this Kielbasa Cabbage Carrots Recipe?
Step 1: To make this Kielbasa Cabbage Carrots recipe, shred the cabbage and carrots and set them aside. Cut up the bacon into small ½ inch slices. Then, in a hot skillet, add the cut-up bacon for 3 minutes on medium heat.
Step 2: Chop up the onions and add them to the skillet till it is translucent. It will take about three minutes.
Step 3: Add shredded cabbage and carrots to the skillet. Cook to reduce for about 5 minutes. Stir often.
Step 4: Add about 1 tablespoon of water to the skillet, so it doesn't burn. Cut up the kielbasa into 1 inch wide pieces, then add them to the skillet.
Step 5: To make the dijon sauce, Mix Dijon with equal parts of water to loosen. Add more if you want more dijon sauce.
Step 6: Cook for 5 minutes until the cabbage and carrot are reduced. Add Dijon and water mixture. Stir well. Cover with the lid and cook for a few more minutes. Transfer to a plate and enjoy.
Here is the finished Kielbasa Cabbage Carrots dish. Doesn’t it look amazing? It is super delicious.
Recipe Hint or Tips:
Shredding the cabbage and carrot makes this recipe cook up super fast. DO NOT change this or the recipe will take a lot longer to cook.
If you prefer a more spicy dish, add more dijon mustard mixed with water.
Substitutions You Can Use
Since it is already dairy-free, here are some other substitutions you may consider if you want to change this recipe to your liking.
- Bacon - If you wish to remove the bacon, you can use olive oil instead.
- Vegetarian - you can remove the kielbasa and replace it with a non-meat sausage.
- Gluten-free - If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, you need to change out the kielbasa or find the kielbasa that says it is gluten-free.
Here are some variations of this recipe you can do to make it fun for you and your family.
- Spicy - add chili pepper flakes when cooking the bacon.
- Kid-friendly - cut the kielbasa into small cubes, making it easier for kids to eat.
Equipment Used for this Kielbasa Cabbage Carrots Recipe
Equipment can have a significant impact on how a recipe turns out. I used a non-stick skillet with a lid that was 12 inches. You can also use a low-side dutch oven. Below are some I found on Amazon (affiliate).
Keep in mind that the shredded carrots and cabbage will take up a lot of space, so place them in a large bowl when shredding.
Kielbasa Cabbage Carrots Storage
You can prep the cabbage and carrots by shredding them and storing them in a bag in the fridge the night before.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
Feel free to visit our other one-pot posts similar to this one for even more wonderful recipes.
Printable and Shareable Recipe Card
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Below are some essential tips for food safety as a reminder.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C). See more guidelines at USDA.gov.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat.
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